Toronto – A Scarborough, Ont. The senior, a local, is still waiting to receive his COVID-19 vaccine, and his family is increasingly concerned that he may be infected with the deadly virus.
Tom Fitzpatrick, 97, told CTV News Toronto: “It seems like a lost cause for me. I fainted.” “We’re the most vulnerable people – I’m expected this before.”
Fitzpatrick is unable to walk and suffers from a number of health conditions including heart failure and diabetes.
His family registered him for a domestic immunization program launched last month in the city of Toronto, which will see the paramedic’s vaccine Fitzpatrick, but they have no confirmation.
“They have no schedule for when that will happen,” his daughter Ann Fitzpatrick said. “He has seven children in Toronto. We all had our vaccine. Not for our 97-year-old father. Something’s not right.”
Fitzpatrick relies on many caregivers to help him in his home daily, and his family worries put him in even greater danger.
“We have no guarantee that all of those people have been vaccinated. I can’t imagine how big his bubble is,” Ann said.
The Toronto Fire Chief, who oversees vaccine production, agreed during the COVID-19 update on Wednesday that there is still a lot of work to be done for individuals locally, but this continues to be the case with the vaccine supply.
“We are doing our best to use all the resources available to prevent vaccination,” said Matthew Beck. “We will increase those efforts as more vaccines become available.”
According to the Ontario Scientific Advisory Schedule, there are more than 20,000 Indigenous people in Toronto.
Health officials have identified 6,000 people at the home of Dr Sameer Sinha, who helped create a rollout for local seniors in Toronto.
“The good news is that in the last few weeks we have actually vaccinated 2,000 locals,” Sinha said.
He says there are a number of logistics challenges and it takes months for every local senior to be vaccinated.
“A lot of people are worried right now because they know they’ve on the list, but they do not know when that vaccine will come, but now we do not have an army to do these vaccines when it takes an hour to vaccinate and vaccinate every household.”
The list of local residents waiting to be vaccinated is extensive and the Toronto Paramedic Service will soon tell CTV News Toronto its work.
“We currently provide 150-175 in-house COVID-19 vaccines each week,” Acting Superintendent Dinesen Robinson said in an email. “Some of the challenges in delivering the COVID-19 vaccine at home include vaccination movement, customer approval, and customer geography throughout the city.”
Plans are also underway to add more resources. Toronto Mayor John Dory said Wednesday that a number of medical professionals, including nurse practitioners and doctors, have volunteered to help.
“You have to train them on how this project works and we do it now,” John Tory said.
Fitzpatrix This is encouraging news, but they are still worried about how long they will have to wait to vaccinate their father.
“I know my dad is 97, but he still loves his family, he still has quality of life, we want to keep him healthy and he deserves to be vaccinated.”